Connie McCoy

Connie McCoy
Media : Oil
Studio : Connie McCoy Art
SDMAAG Member : Artist Member
SDMAAG Member Since : 2013
Artist's Resume :

Artist's Bio


Connie McCoy graduated with a B.S. in Advertising and Graphic Design from the University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. She became an art director and graphic designer in Cincinnati and then San Diego. In 1985 she started her own design business, "Connie Boulton Advertising and Design".  Numerous awards have been granted her in her profession including: “100 Best”,  “The Best in the West”,  “Illustration West”, The Creative Show of San Diego, The San Diego Union Tribune Awards, The San Diego Ad Club President’s Award and St. Regis National Packaging award. She has done package design for Costco Wholesale since 1988 when they started their Kirkland Signature generic line.  The creative process has always been part of her.  After a successful career in advertising and graphic design, she dedicated more time to her passion for painting. She started painting in oils with Sebastian Capella and Jeff Watts.Artist Workshops she has enjoyed include: Dan Gerhardtz, Laura Robb, Carolyn Anderson, Ken Auster, Peggy Kroll Roberts, Ray Roberts, and Susan Sarback.  She has been a member of the Rancho Santa Fe Art Guild since 2000 and served on the board for 7 years. She is a member of Oil Painters of America, The Impressionists Society and Plein Air Painters of San Diego.   

20 Most Noteworthy shows for Connie McCoy

Featured Shows


* 2015, "Joy of the Journey", one woman show, Encinitas Community Center Gallery

•  2013, “Changing Currents, Two man show, L Street Gallery, San Diego, CA.

•  2009, Rancho Santa Fe Art Gallery, “Que Sera Show”, One -Woman show

•  2008, Rancho Santa Fe Coldwell-Banker, One-Woman Show,

•  2008, Scripps Encinitas Memorial Hospital, Featured in Two-Man Show

•  2007, Rancho Santa Fe Library, One-Woman Show,

•  2007, Wells Fargo Bank (RSF), Private Banking Offices, One -Woman Show

•  2007, Wells Fargo Bank Mortgage Offices (RSF), One-Woman Show

•  2005, Southern Indiana Center for the Arts, One-Woman Show

•  2005, La Vida Del Mar Art Gallery, One-Woman Show

•  2004, Rancho Santa Fe Art Gallery, Featured in Two-Man Show


Juried Group Shows


•  2012, Watts Atelier Rancho Coastal Humane Society Auction/Show, Encinitas  

               Library, Encinitas, CA

•  2010, San Diego Cancer Center, Lillian Rice Architecture Exhibition

•  2010, Alexander Salazar Gallery, “Easel” Art Exhibit for San Diego Art Fair

•  2008, ARTERO, A fine art auction fund raiser, Rancho Santa Fe Inn

•  2006, Rancho Santa Fe Wells Fargo Bank, Group show

•  2003, Scripps Encinitas Memorial Hospital, Healing Arts Program Group Exhibition,

•  2003, Rancho Santa Fe Inn, Group Show

•  1971, Dayton Art Museum Biennial, Dayton, OH

•  1971, Women in Art Show, Cincinnati, OH        

•  1971, Cincinnati Commission Urban Banners, Cincinnati, OH, six banner designs


Artist's Statement


Connie McCoy....”The desire to paint is a gift....No one can be as happy as an artist lost in their work. It is a wonderful passion. We all see differently and therefore interpret the world differently."   Connie McCoy is inspired by nature and the dramatic effects that lighting creates like the sun light shimmering off the waves of the ocean or the long shadows of a fall day. That drama stirs her to paint more than the scene or the environment itself. “ Lighting is my trigger”, she commented. Connie studied color physics in college, but still finds the phenomenon a wonderful mystery. “Exploring color and values is another world in itself.”  "I have gone through many passages in art and am excited to find myself growing in a “New Direction”. Representational art started to feel static to me so I kept trying to take representational to an abstract level and found more excitement there." Her style is a combination of traditional techniques and personal innovation. In creating abstract landscapes, she loves to develop texture with different glazes and media and the pallette knife. She has borrowed from the Impressionists the idea of introducing different colors of the same value in certain areas. She feels the loosening of the style to abstract allows her to be much bolder and expressive and fun.  After detached retinas in both eyes and 10 surgeries to restore her sight, she started sculpting in clay, because she feared she might not be able to see to paint, but sculpting could be achieved by feel and touch. She was blessed with restored eyesight, and while she still finds sculpture challenging, she is excited about this new direction of abstract landscapes which is more comfortable with her eyesight. I don’t worry about not seeing little details anymore.  She loves her journey in art because it allows you to continue to grow which is great for the body, the soul and the mind.”.